The Sisters of Mercy Health System Mississippi Health Advocacy by JarrellRoot

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									                                                                                                                                                                           Mercy VP Retires
                                                                                                                          Oklahoma CEO Elected to
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                                                                combining counseling, representation, data                                                                                            ob Vogel, vice
                                                                collection, evaluation and citizen stories to
                                                                inform policymakers and health providers.
                                                                                                                          Healthcare Society                                                          president–managed

                                                                                                                                               D   iana Smalley,                                  care consulting for
                                                                The W.K. Kellogg Foundation supports                                                                                              Mercy and interim
                                                                                                                                                   FACHE, president
                                                                children, families and communities as they                                                                                        CEO of Mercy Health
                                                                                                                                               and CEO of Mercy
                                                                strengthen and create conditions that enable
AROUND THE SYSTEM                                               vulnerable children to achieve success as
                                                                                                                                               Health System of                                   Plans (MHP), has
                                                                                                                                               Oklahoma, has been                                 retired after 15 years of
                                                                individuals and as contributors to the larger                                                                                     service to Mercy.
                                                                                                                                               elected to serve on the         Bob Vogel
                                                                community and society. •
Mercy Considers Sponsorship                                                                                                                    Board of Governors                                    During his time with
of Joplin Hospital                                              St. John’s Hospital Receives
                                                                                                                             Diana Smalley of the American
                                                                                                                                                                           Mercy, Vogel was instrumental in guiding

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                                                                                                                                               College of Healthcare       Mercy’s managed care efforts, including
   he Sisters of Mercy Health System
   (Mercy) has signed a letter of intent                        $1 Million Endowment,                                     Executives (ACHE), a professional society        the expansion of MHP into new service
with Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI)                          Becomes St. Jude Children’s                               of more than 30,000 healthcare executives.       areas and increasing health plan/provider
                                                                                                                                                                           integration. He will continue to serve on
to transfer the sponsorship of St. John’s                       Research Hospital Affiliate                               She will serve a three-year term representing
                                                                                                                          ACHE affiliates on the organization’s Board      MHP’s board of directors and in a part-time
Regional Medical Center in Joplin, Mo.,
                                                                                                                          of Governors, the authority that manages         consulting capacity as needed.
from CHI to Mercy. A period of due
                                                                                                                          ACHE operations and member services. •              Lynn Britton, Mercy president and CEO,
diligence is underway and, if successful, the
                                                                                                                                                                           and Ron Ashworth, chair of the board of
transfer of sponsorship would take place
                                                                                                                                                                           directors of Mercy Health Ministry, Mercy’s
later this year.                                                                                                          Sister Honored for Service to                    governing body, will manage the duties of
   The proximity of St. John’s Regional to
the communities served by Mercy makes
                                                                                                                          Laredo, Texas                                    MHP’s CEO role until a successor is found.
this relationship a natural extension in
terms of Mercy’s geographic presence.
                                                                                                                                                      S   ister
                                                                                                                                                          Rosemary
                                                                                                                                                       Welsh, RSM,
                                                                                                                                                                           Responsibility for managed care contracting
                                                                                                                                                                           has been assumed by Randy Combs, Mercy’s
                                                                                                                                                                           chief financial officer. •
St. John’s Regional and Mercy also share
                                                                      William and Jane Pitt (center) with                                              director of
a history as health ministries that were
                                                                      their family, Rob and Julie Neal (left)                                          outreach services   • A first-place Most Improved Award for
founded by the Sisters of Mercy and that
                                                                      and Doug and Julie Pitt (right)                                                  at Mercy              having the highest reduction in failure rates
continue to be shaped by this faith-based
                                                                                                                                                       Ministries            of appropriate core measures from 2007 to

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heritage.                                                            n June 13, St. John’s Hospital in                                                 of Laredo’s           2008.
   St. John’s Regional includes a 367-bed                            Springfield, Mo., announced plans for                     Sr. Rosemary Welsh, Mercy Primary           • A second-place Best Achievement Award
hospital and Level 2 trauma center in Joplin,                   expanded children’s healthcare services that                   RSM, accepts her
                                                                                                                                                       Healthcare            for having the second highest appropriate
a 25-bed rural hospital in Columbus, Kan.,                      include a formal affiliation with St. Jude                     award from Laredo
                                                                                                                                                       Services, and         core measures from 2007 to 2008.
and a physician clinic network representing                     Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis                        Community College
                                                                                                                               President Juan          executive             St. Joseph’s Mercy was one of only
74 primary care and specialty physicians. The                   and the recruitment of the region’s first
                                                                                                                               Maldonado.              director of Casa    three hospitals in the state to be presented
organization is served by more than 2,200                       pediatric hematology/oncology physician,                                               de Misericordia,    three awards. •
employees and 250 physicians representing                       who will join St. John’s on August 1.                     recently was honored by Laredo Community
more than 40 specialties. •                                     A $1 million endowment to fund the
                                                                position was given to St. John’s by the
                                                                                                                          College with the 2009 President’s Beacon         Mercy Leader Named
                                                                                                                          Award. The award recognizes individuals
Mississippi Health Advocacy                                     family of Jane Pitt, including the Brad Pitt              whose altruistic efforts have improved
                                                                                                                                                                           to CHA Board
Program Receives Consumer
Assistance Grant
                                                                and Angelina Jolie family, Doug and Lisa
                                                                Pitt and Rob and Julie Neal.
                                                                                                                          and advanced the welfare of Laredo and
                                                                                                                          its residents. Sr. Rosemary was recognized
                                                                                                                                                                           B   rian O’Toole, Ph.D.,
                                                                                                                                                                               senior vice president
                                                                                                                                                                           of mission and ethics

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                                                                   St. John’s Jane Pitt Pediatric Cancer                  for more than 30 years of service to the
     ississippi Health Advocacy Program                                                                                                                                    for Mercy, has been
                                                                Center will open this summer in a                         community. •
     (MHAP), one of Mercy’s sponsored                                                                                                                                      elected to the Catholic
                                                                temporary location within St. John’s
community-based ministries, has received                                                                                                                                   Health Association
                                                                Hospital. St. John’s will be the sixth
a grant totaling nearly $800,000 from the
                                                                St. Jude affiliated pediatric hematology-                 St. Joseph’s Mercy Receives Three                (CHA) board of
W.K. Kellogg Foundation. MHAP will use                                                                                                                                                                    Brian O’Toole,
the funds to provide Mississippi’s parents
                                                                oncology clinic in the U.S., serving                      AFMC Quality Awards                              trustees. He will serve a
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Ph.D.
                                                                children throughout southwest Missouri                                                                     three-year term. •
with resources for healthcare advocacy on
                                                                and northern Arkansas. •
behalf of their children. They will do this by
                                                                                                                                                                           George Flynn Named to
                                                                                                                                                                           Performance Improvement
 Leadership Changes                                                                                                                                                        Leadership Role
  Jim Best has been named chief – business
  alignment for Mercy Information Services
                                                                                                                                                                                                 G  eorge Flynn, current
                                                                                                                                                                                                    president and CEO
                                                                                                                                                                                                of Mercy Health System
  Division, in addition to his current role as                                                                                                                                                  of Northwest Arkansas,
  vice president – regional implementation                                                                                    St. Joseph’s Mercy COO Anna Silva
                                                                                                                                                                                                has been named
  in support of Genesis–Epic activities.                                                                                      (left) accepts the three AFMC awards,
                                                                                                                              along with Quality Improvement
                                                                                                                                                                                                senior vice president
                                                                           Jim Best                     Rene Crosswhite       Coordinator Shelley Fedor, Vice                                   of performance
  Rene Crosswhite has been named                                                                                                                                                                improvement for
                                                                                                                              President-Medical Affairs Mark Larey,
  president – financial analytics and
                                                                                                                              DO, Executive Director of Quality                George Flynn Mercy. In this new
  planning for the Sisters of                                                                                                 Assurance Anita Gottlieb and Clinical                             position, he will
  Mercy Health System.                                                                                                        Outcomes Coordinator Lynn Pellegrino.        provide executive leadership for areas that
                                                                                                                                                                           support performance improvement across

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  Jim Gebhart, FACHE,                                                                                                                                                      the health system, including performance
                                                                                                                             t. Joseph’s Mercy Health Center in
  has been named president                                                                                                                                                 management, project management,
                                                                                                                             Hot Springs, Ark., recently was honored
  of Mercy Health Center in                                                                                                                                                operations consulting and the use of change
                                                                                                                          by the Arkansas Foundation for Medical
  Oklahoma City.                                                                                                                                                           management methodologies such as
                                                                                                                          Care (AFMC) with multiple quality
                                                                                                                          improvement awards:                              Six Sigma, CAP, Work-Out® and Lean.
  Rhonda Hanan, RN, has                        Jim Gebhart                 Rhonda Hanan                 Lynne Mitchell                                                        Flynn will continue to serve as president
                                                                                                                          • An Innovator Award for the development
  been named vice president                                                                                                                                                and CEO of Mercy Health System of
                                                                                                                            and implementation of “Hands Across
  and chief nursing officer                                                                                                                                                Northwest Arkansas during the search for
                                                                                                                            Hot Springs,” a community educational
  for Mercy Memorial Health                                                                                                                                                a new CEO, and will transfer to his new
                                                                                                                            project that helped kick off the World
  Center in Ardmore, Okla.                                                                                                                                                 position upon the arrival of a new CEO in
                                                                                                                            Health Organization’s worldwide “5
                                                                                                                            Moments for Hand Hygiene” campaign.            Northwest Arkansas. •
  Lynne Mitchell has been
  named regional chief
  financial officer (CFO) for
  the Sisters of Mercy Health                                                                                                                                                                     First Class Mail
  System’s Arkansas facilities.                                            Curtis                       Nikki Viner                                                                                 U.S. Postage
                                                David Tew
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  David Tew has been named                                                                                                                                                                      CHESTERFIELD, MO
  chief operating officer for Mercy                                                                                                                                                                Permit No. 18
  Health System of Oklahoma.                                    Nikki Viner has been named vice
                                                                president of market development for the
  Curtis Thompson has been named vice                           Sisters of Mercy Health System. •
  president, payor relations and contracting
  for the Sisters of Mercy Health System.

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